Vista CA– Children and adults are invited to enjoy exciting art-making in the Day of the Dead style of celebrating the life and death of loved ones at two free community arts workshops held from 3-6 pm on September 28 and October 19, 2014 at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista. The workshops are in preparation for the inaugural All Souls Vista Art Show and Healing Festival (ASV) to be held at the Fellowship on November 1, 2014 from 5:30-9:30 pm. All supplies and instruction are provided free of charge.
At the workshops, artists will offer mask-making/decorating workshops, community mural painting and paper mache projects, skull make-up and altar-building classes as well as wing-making instruction for children who wish to participate in ASV’s Procession of Little Souls, one of many activities slated for the November 1 festival.
Thanks to the support of the San Diego Foundation (www.sdfoundation.org) and Vista Arts Foundation (www.vistaartsfoundation.com), festival admission is free and all are welcome, says ASV Founder and Chair Tania Yager.
Yager, a native Vistan, owns Twisted Heart Puppetworks. She reports, “We encourage our multicultural community to join in celebrating All Souls Vista as a communal opportunity to accept death as a part of life, and to feel a strong kinship with the living while honoring the deceased we continue to love and remember. The event marks the first of an ‘annual family reunion’ with those who have passed on; made more significant and special by sharing the occasion with others.”
Workshop creations can be brought and worn at the November 1st Festival, which will feature an art show, music, puppetry, drum circle, healing ceremony, Roya Tribal Belly Dance performance and free-spirited spontaneous play and collaboration. Artists are being sought to display their art, volunteers are needed to coordinate activities and anyone who wants to get involved in this unique, grass-roots, community event is encouraged to visit www.allsoulsvista.com, www.facebook.com/allsoulsvista and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yager believes, “All Souls Vista promises to be a transformative event. Sharing this ritual celebration of life and death will strengthen the feeling of identity and vibrancy in our community while helping individuals move toward acceptance as they continue their own journey in life.”